To support our local military members and vets, I’ve collected all the information I could find from multiple sites around the web. Here’s my master list for free or discounted food, drinks, and services in the East Tennessee region between Saturday, November 10, and Monday, November 12, 2018.
Many, but not all, of these places require you to present some sort of ID to be eligible for these offers. And: I accept no responsibility for the accuracy of this list. Please call ahead and verify these offers yourself.
If you know of an offer that is not on my list, PLEASE comment or message me so that I can add it!
I know that some vets (hubby being one of them) are not a fan of “Thank you for your service”. So instead I will say:
I’m glad that you are here today, and I hope that you will have an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend and many happy & healthy years ahead.
And if you’re a veterans’ organization, a vet, or active duty military wanting to celebrate an event: call me at 865-223-5865. I will help make it happen for you at a great discount.
Here’s the list:
Participating Applebee’s restaurants are offering veterans and active-duty military a free meal from a limited menu on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Proof of service required. Visit applebees.com to find a location near you.
All participating Krystal locations will give a free sausage biscuit to all military personnel, active or retired, with a military ID or in military uniform from 6-11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.
No other purchase is necessary, and the free biscuit is available both in-store and via the drive-thru. Free sausage biscuits will be available at all participating locations, while supplies last. Visit krystal.com to find a location near you.
O’Charley’s will offer veterans and active-duty service members a free $9.99 entree at any participating location on Nov. 11. O’Charley’s offers a 10 percent military discount all year long. Visit ocharleys.com to find a location near you.
Main Event entertainment, 9081 Kingston Pike, is offering a free meal from a select menu, and $10 FUNcard to all active-duty military and veterans on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The menu includes chicken tenders with fries, bacon cheddar burger with fries, wings with fries, Cobb salad, Southern fried chicken sandwich, Teriyaki salmon and/or grilled top sirloin with fries.
The offer is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with valid military identification or proof of service. Limit one offer per person per center.
All active-duty and retired veterans are being offered free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the International House of Pancakes. The offer is for dine-in guests only and is limited to one per guest.
Military ID or proof of service required. Visit ihop.com for a location near you.
Cracker Barrel is offering all military veterans a complimentary slice of its Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake on Sunday, Nov. 11.
All Calhoun’s locations are offering veterans one free entree on Nov. 11 from a limited menu. Proof of service is required. Visit calhouns.com to find a location near you.
From 6-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Shoney’s will offer a free breakfast bar to all veterans and military personnel.
The breakfast bar features an array of food choices, including pancakes, fresh fruit, biscuits, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, gravy and more.
The offer is for dine-in customers only and limited to one breakfast bar per military service member. No other purchase is necessary, but guests can choose to add a beverage. Tax and gratuity is not included in this free offer.
Visit shoneysknox.com for a location near you.
The first Monday of each month Duck Donuts, 6104 Kingston Pike, will give a 50-percent-off discount to “local heroes,” including doctors, nurses, military, police, firefighters and EMS. Identification is required.
Duck donuts creates made-to-order donuts beginning with a freshly cooked old-fashioned donut.
All active and inactive military personnel with valid military identification will receive a free build-your-own Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s on Monday, Nov. 12, from 5 am to noon
The Gland Slam includes a choice of items that include buttermilk or hearty wheat pancakes, two eggs cooked to order, bacon strips and hash browns.
Find a location near you at http://www.dennys.com.
One free doughnut will be given to all veterans and active military services on Nov. 11 at all participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations.
No purchase is necessary. Proper military ID is required. Limit one per customer.
Dunkin’ Donuts is also making a $10,000 donation to Homes For Our Troops, a privately funded nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. Visit www.dunkindonuts.com for more information.
From 5-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, all participating Golden Corral restaurants will offer a free “thank you” dinner to military veterans and active-duty members.
Visit http://www.goldencorral.com to find a location near you.
A free entree will be given on Veterans Day to all veterans and active members of the military. A military identification is required.
Veterans and active military personnel can select from a special menu of 10 free entrees and a beverage from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, at participating Texas Roadhouse locations. Proof of service such as discharge papers, military or VA card is required.
Participating restaurants in the area include 11001 Turkey Drive; 3071 Kinzel Way; 120 Morrell Road; 1019 Parkway, Gatlinburg; 3786 Parkway, Pigeon Forge; 180 Collier Drive, Sevierville; and 334 Fountain View, Alcoa.
All veterans and active-duty military to visit a participating Red Robin will receive a free Red’s Tavern double burger and bottomless steak fries on Sunday, Nov. 11. Visit http://www.redrobin.com to find a location near you.
Wild Wing Cafe
On Nov. 11, all participating Wild Wing Cafe locations will offer a complimentary meal to all military veterans and active duty. Choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger or Chicken Sandwich. Proof of military service required.
Quaker Steak & Lube
A free meal from a special menu or a discounted meal will be offered to military veterans and active-duty service members at all participating Quaker Steak & Lube locations on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Proof of service is required. Visit http://www.TheLube.com for a location near you.
Chef Seth Simmerman, owner of Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, is offering a free meal to military veterans. Guests of the veteran may order off the main menu. Reservations are required by calling 865-602-2090.
Participating Hooter’s Restaurants are offering all veterans and current servicemen and women a free meal on Sunday, Nov. 11, from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Visit http://www.hooters.com to find a location near you.
All active-duty military and reservists who visit Red Lobster on Sunday, Nov. 11, will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a select Veterans Day menu. Valid military ID required. Visit http://www.redlobster.com to find a location near you.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill will offer military personnel a free appetizer on Nov. 11. A military ID or wearing of the uniform is required.
Military personnel in uniform or with a military ID can get one free order of Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill on Nov. 11.
Veterans can get a free Back Yard Classic burger on Veterans Day at any participating Backyard Burger location. Visit backyardburgers.com to find a location near you.
Active military and veterans can order a free entree from a special menu at participating Olive Garden locations on Nov. 11. Visit olivegarden.com for a location near you.
Food City Deli
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, one hot bar meal, and a fountain drink of any size
Veterans Day Free Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2018) free meal
Veterans Day Free Meal (November 11-12, 2018) free meal on Sunday, November 11, 2018, as well as the following Monday, November 12.
Free Bloomin’ Onion & Beverage (Sunday, November 11, 2018) free Bloomin’ Onion and coke product.
Veterans Day Free Appetizer or Dessert (November 11, 2018) on Sunday, November 11, 2018, plus eligible customers also get 10% off their table’s total check.
Veterans Day Free Doughnut and Coffee (November 11, 2018) free breakfast includes a doughnut and a small coffee.
On The Border
Free Veterans Day Meal (Sunday, November 11, 2018) free Create Your Own Combo meal
Veterans Day Free Meal (November 11-12, 2018) a Two Meat BBQ Salute. Sunday, November 11 and on Monday, November 12
Buffalo Wild Wings
Veterans Day Free Wings and Fries (November 11, 2018) a free order of small boneless or traditional wings, and a side of fries.
Free Veterans Day Pizza (Sunday, November 11, 2018) on Sunday, November 11th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for a free $5 Lunch Combo,
Free Veterans Day Buffet (Sunday, November 11, 2018) a free adult buffet at Cicis on November 11
Free Veterans Day Breakfast (Sunday, November 11, 2018) a free breakfast for Veterans Day.
Veterans Day Free Lunch (Sunday, November 11, 2018) free meal until 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018 (choose a 6 oz. Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken, or Half Dozen Jumbo Crispy Shrimp. Plus a free side and a coffee, tea, or fountain drink.)
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Free Veterans Day Pizza (Sunday, November 11, 2018) one free personal 1-topping pizza
Veterans Day Free Food (Monday, November 12, 2018) a free Country Scramble.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s
Free Veterans Day Meal (November 11, 2018) free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti meals
Retail stores with military discounts on 11/11
A.C. Moore: 15 percent off your total regular and sale price purchase with valid ID every day.
Bed Bath & Beyond: 25 percent off entire purchase Nov. 9-12 in-store only.
Dollar General: 11 percent discount in-store and online with promo code VET17 on Saturday.
Home Depot: 10 percent discount.
Jo-Ann Fabric: 10 percent discount for military service members and their families year round.
Lowe’s: 10 percent discount.
Michaels: 15 percent discount for military families every day.
Old Time Pottery: 10 percent military discount everyday to active, retired military and their immediate families.
Publix: 10 percent discount for veterans, military personnel and family members Saturday.
Rack Room Shoes: 10 percent military discount on Veterans Day as well as every Tuesday.
Target: Through Saturday, 10 percent discount on in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, spouses and dependent children. To get this discount, register at www.target.com.
Toys R Us: 15 percent off in-store purchases through Saturday.
Walgreens: 20 percent off eligible regular-price items Saturday for all veterans, military and their families with Balance Rewards card and proof of military service.
Other military discounts
Zoo Knoxville gives veterans and active military personnel free admission year round, and the families of active military members receive 50 percent off of their ticket price with their Military Dependent I.D. card. Info:
The Museum of Appalachia will offer free admission to veterans and active-duty military personnel on Saturday, Nov. 11. Those interested must bring a valid ID. Info: 865-494-7680.
American Family Care will give all military veterans with proper identification a free flu shot on Saturday, Nov. 11. Visit https://www.afcurgentcare.com/ to find a location near you.
The Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay St., will give free admission to veterans and active-duty military on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Info: 865-215-8824 or EastTNHistory.org.
NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, 1545 Parkway, Sevierville, will offer free admission to veterans and active-duty service members on Saturday, Nov. 11. Veterans and active-duty service members can also get a $2 discount off of an unlimited ride wristband. Military ID is required. Info: http://nascarspeedpark.com.
Dollar General will provide veterans and families an 11 percent discount on qualifying items in store and online on Nov. 11.
Service members and families can save 10 percent on most items at Publix on Saturday, Nov. 11 Visit publix.com/pages/discount for more information.
Mayo’s Garden Centers
Mayo’s Garden Centers will offer veterans 20 percent off regularly priced items on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Power equipment parts and accessories are exempt from the offer. Mayo’s is located at 9629 Kingston Pike, 4718 Kingston Pike and 620 Emory Road. A valid military ID is required.
Frank’s Barbershop, 304 S Northshore Drive, will provide free haircut vouchers, hot dogs and root beer to veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11. To get the voucher, those interested must show their military ID. The voucher is good for one year and can be redeemed in that time frame. Hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will go from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 865-588-4001.
Tress Salon, 3728 Walker Blvd. in Knoxville, will offer free haircuts to veterans and active military service men and women from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.
Studio Visage, 1701 Downtown West Blvd., will have free hair cut vouchers for veterans from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. The voucher is good for one year and can be redeemed in that time frame. Info: 865-693-7500.
Veterans can receive free haircuts at Great Clips locations on Veterans Day. If you know a veteran, you can also visit a Great Clips on Veterans Day and get a voucher to give to a veteran for a haircut in the next six weeks. Info: https://www.greatclips.com/promotions/veterans-day.